“Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” (Proverbs 31:30)
Nutrition plays a huge role in creating a younger you. But daily free radicals and sunshine steal oxygen from the skin. Choosing colorful, nutrient-dense foods as much as possible will ward off that damage.
Studies show that those who consume fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fish, olive oil and nuts look younger. Did you know that residents of Greece, Australia and Sweden have fewer wrinkles due to their diet? We could also, but we eat too much acidic meat, dairy, fat and sugar and fill our godly temple with processed junk!
Unfortunately our skin gets thinner as we age, making it difficult to retain moisture. Therefore, try to limit sugar-rich foods, because through the metabolic process of glycation, this allows sugar to attach to molecules in our bloodstream, forming harmful new molecules and dehydrating skin. These ironically are called: (AGEs) “advanced glycation end products.” Our skin also then loses valuable collagen and elastin which keeps our skin firm and elastic. The more processed sugar we eat, the faster we’ll age. Is that daily donut worth it to you?
Want a tip that restores youth back into your step? Eat for nutrients!!!
- Half a cup of blueberries or other dark berries help restore healthy circulation and fights inflammation. Eggplant prevents wrinkles with its inflammation fighting properties! Mousaka, anyone?
- Watermelon, lettuce, cucumbers, raw spinach, celery and fruits are great detoxifying, water-based nutrients.
- Calcium and Vitamin C bind collagen together, making low-fat yogurt with strawberries sound delightfully delicious. One fruit with enormous Vitamin C properties is Kiwi.
- The mineral Silica, found in alfalfa, brown rice, soybeans and green leafy vegetables, also assists with collagen formation.
- Aloe has 75 nutritional components and digestive enzymes which remove toxins, plump up the skin, prevents sun damage among other attributes.
- Beta Carotene enriched spinach, broccoli, kale, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, oranges and other greens protects against sun damage. Anti-oxidant Vitamin E foods; sunflower seeds, milled flax-seed, olive oil, avocado, Vitamin C found in red peppers and selenium found in Brazil nuts fight free radicals which break down and age our skin. Don’t overdo Brazil nuts however; they can be toxic. Two are sufficient.
- Red wine and red grape juice are good deterrents with an anti-aging nutrient, resveratrol. Wine also kills e coli and lowers cholesterol.
- Malic acid and alpha hydroxy found in apricots, sloughs off dry sun-damaged skin.
- Foods like tomatoes, garlic, bell peppers and blueberries strengthen our skin, avoiding sagging.
Ever have dark circles under your eyes? Try these tips:
- Walnuts. They are high in the amino acid arginine which relaxes constricted blood vessels and improves blood from pooling under the eye area.
- Vitamin K foods; broccoli, spinach, liver, alfalfa, help erase dark circles as well.
- Salmon with its Omega 3 fatty acids calms the inflammatory agents that cause puffiness.
- Detoxify the liver by consuming more carrot juice, lemon, cucumbers and water.
Truth be told, we temporarily inhabit jars of clay. Beauty is fleeting and will not last, but the JOY of the Lord lasts forever! We are commanded to be Holy! Eat well to show others that Christians are disciplined, vibrant and positive representatives of Christ. Never for vain or selfish reasons. I remind you that God sees our heart and that’s the only beauty He truly cares about!